Investigating the relationship between technology and spatial memory

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dc.contributor Merril, Edward
dc.contributor Weber, Joe
dc.contributor.advisor Roskos-Ewoldsen, Beverly Mendoza, Jessica 2018-06-04T14:57:37Z 2018-06-04T14:57:37Z 2017
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002864
dc.identifier.other Mendoza_alatus_0004M_13214
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract A vast majority of the literature on technology usage has found evidence that when individuals rely heavily on technology usage there is a cost to cognitive processes in the areas of attention, learning, and memory (Sparrow, Liu, & Wegner, 2011; Kuznekoff & Titsworth; 2013; Eyyam & Yaratan, 2014). However, the literature lacks depth in understanding the relationship between technology and wayfinding. This study that investigated the relationship between wayfinding and mobile device usage. Participants completed several questionnaires that assessed wayfinding strategies, spatial anxiety, and familiarity of the environment of which they navigated in. Additionally, participants also completed several questionnaires that assessed for their technology use and dependency on technology such as nomophobia. After completing the questionnaires, participants were asked to study a map of the UA campus and develop a route that they would take to Marrs Spring. Next, participants were asked to leave their phones in the laboratory and began to navigate to the destination displayed on the map. Researchers followed the participants as they found their way to the destination and recorded the time taken to complete the wayfinding task and also recorded the route taken by the participant. When participants returned to the laboratory, they were asked to verbally recall as many landmarks as possible. Finally, participants were asked to draw out the route that they took going to and from Marrs Spring. It was predicted that those who report to experience nomophobia would recall less from their surrounding environment. Through a correlational approach, researchers found supporting evidence that there was a negative relationship between measures of nomophobia and remembrance of the landmarks recalled when traveling to and from the destination.
dc.format.extent 68 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Psychology
dc.title Investigating the relationship between technology and spatial memory
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Psychology Psychology The University of Alabama master's M.A.

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